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USS Howard Set To Return Thursday After 7-Month Deployment

The guided-missile destroyer USS Howard is scheduled to return Thursday to its San Diego home port from a seven-month deployment, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The vessel and its crew of 300 took part in exercises off the Republic of Korea, served with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, conducted anti-submarine operations and what the Navy calls "theater security cooperation events."

The deployment included a four-day visit to Manila in the ...

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'Mighty Moo,' Spruance Returning To Naval Base San Diego On Thursday

Two Navy ships will return to Naval Base San Diego on Thursday following separate deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens and the guided missile destroyer USS Spruance are each scheduled to return Thursday morning, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office.

The 567-foot Cowpens and its crew of 400 deployed in September. In November, it provided humanitarian help in ...

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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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